With the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting the operations of governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, and other recipients of federal award programs, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Education (ED) have, in response, issued guidance on the easing of due dates and certain requirements:

March 9, 2020: OMB issued M-20-11, a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. Among other requirements, this memorandum authorizes federal awarding agencies to take action related to award programs that support the continued research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19 during the 90 Day Public Health Emergency Declaration. In the memorandum, awarding agencies are allowed to make provisions for easing specific requirements, allowing pre-award costs, and approving extensions for reporting.

March 16, 2020: HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Program issued for the Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders related to COVID-19. Owners and stakeholders of HUD-financed Multifamily Housing programs will find information on dealing with the crisis related to public health, the operations of the housing programs, and administrative burdens eased in response to COVID-19.

March 18, 2020: HUD’s Office of Single-Family Housing issued COVID-19 Questions and Answers. Specific deadlines have been extended for lenders participating in FHA programs, among other relief related to COVID-19.

March 19, 2020: OMB issued M-20-17, a Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. While M-20-11 targeted awards supporting the emergency response to COVID-19, M-20-17 provides broad relief of requirements to an expanded scope of recipients that are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This memo allows federal agencies to ease administrative requirements and offer extensions for reporting procedures and other requirements.

In addition, certain costs that are typically unallowable may now be allowable. For instance, this includes expenses related to the cancellation of travel and planned events as well as the continuation of salaries charged to active federal awards as staff deal with the crisis. The memorandum also involves an extension to the deadline for Single Audit submissions for all recipients and sub-recipients that have not yet filed with the Federal Audit Clearinghouse by March 19, 2020, for fiscal years ending through June 30, 2020. The extension allows affected entities a six-month extension beyond the official due date for the submission.

If any questions arise regarding whether or not your organization will be impacted by these new regulations, please reach out to your local CRI professional for guidance!